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Hanging Vellum Halloween Lanterns

When the sun goes down, set a spooky scene with these dramatic lanterns made from simple supplies and our exclusive clip-art designs.





  1. Step 1

    Print and cut out a lantern template (see the second page of the owl and witch templates for the correct hanging-lantern templates). Trace template four times, side by side, on black paper as shown (use 2 sheets if needed); with a bone folder, crease where sides meet. Cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Print 4 copies of a design (try the cat, hissing cat, moon, owl, or witch clip art available above) onto vellum; a laser printer works best. Cut each piece just larger than frame "windows." Tape vellum into frame. Form into lamp shape; tape edges.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a 26-inch length of wire. In the middle, twist a loop. Poke the wire ends through paper to make 2 holes at edge of lantern. Use pliers to roll ends of wire to secure. Use monofilament to hang 2 battery-operated votive candles, taped end to end, inside the lantern.

  4. Step 4

    Use twine and removable adhesive hangers to suspend the lanterns.



Reviews (1)

  • lilminky 7 Oct, 2013

    I made 17 of these lanterns two years ago for Halloween and I love them! I used the provided silhouettes and made my own, as well. It may look like an elaborate craft but they are really quite easy to make and they store well if you flatten them. I just hung mine up for the third year in a row and they look great! This is definitely a Halloween craft to try. The triangle shaped lanterns are especially impressive. I've used orange, green, and purple vellum for mine and all turn out great.